It’s all over but the shouting…
The end is near for America’s Pub as far as Westport’s Manor Square is concerned. Its lease is up at year’s end and will not br renewed, itsattorney says.
"It’s inconcievable to me as to why manor Square wouldn’t want to have a tenant paying a large amount of rent for space that’s third generation," says America’s Pub attorney Harris Wilder. "I mean, you’ve been to America’s Pub – that place needs a complete makeover."
Once-upon-a-time, America’s Pub was a white dude magnet that fit right in with Westport nightclubs like Kelly’s. Like its sister America’s Pub in St. Louis, which Guide to St. Louis describes as an "elegant pub (that’s) been rocking in the heart of St. Louis entertainment district at Westport plaza since 1996… (It’s) basically a sports bar with…a great sound system to play your favorite dance songs every night."
However America’s Pub here, like Stanford’s Club 504 before, morphed into a largely urban dance club, becoming the scape goat for Westport’s African American issues. Such as the Brian Euston killing last year that went down just outside America’s Pub at closing time.
Earlier this year, word was America’s Pub’s lease was up and would not be renewed.
"What happened was some people in Westport were trying to get rid of America’s Pub and they demanded an investigation by Regulated Industries (liquor control) and we had no problem with that," America’s Pub attorney Harris Wilder said then. "And when they conducted the investigation, Regulated Industries said, ‘You guys are running a good shop.’
"The bottom line is they run a very good operation."
So while America’s Pub would like nothing more than to remain in Manor Square, it’s willing to leave as long as its landlord gives it a fair shake.
"If everybody acts intelligently, then Westport will finally get its wish and get rid of its favorite whipping boy," Wilder says. "The America’s Pub people want to have a smooth transition and they’re willing to go as long as they are treated with a modicum of respect in the process."
In other words, allowed to continue operations in Westport for a reasonable period of time, until a suitable new location can be found and it reopens elsewhere.
"Well, that’s what we hope," Wilder says.